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Laboratory Animal Science Program Course Descriptions

Comparative Anatomy & Physiology

(4 Credits)

Anatomy and physiology of laboratory animals includes the study of body systems such as skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory, reproductive and special sense organs. Also includes principles of disease.

Applied Biostatistics & Research Design

(3 Credits)

This course will cover the fundamentals of research design, including the use of literature searches, the formulation of testable hypotheses, selection of the appropriate methodology and statistics to evaluate these hypotheses and the generation and interpretation of experimental outcomes. Students will learn to critique published studies, as well as to create and evaluate their own studies and protocols.

Diseases of Laboratory Animals I & II

(3 & 3 Credits)

This course will cover the main laboratory animal species. The biology, husbandry, diseases, pathology, treatments and main research uses of these species will be covered.

Laboratory Animal Husbandry, Care & Ethics

(3 Credits)

This course will discuss husbandry practices, proper nutrition and enrichment requirements for different species; environmental parameters, such as proper housing, temperatures, humidity and lighting. Humane handling, restraint and overall well-being of laboratory animals will also be covered.

Current Topics

(Journal Club 1 Credit)

Students will review recent publications in related fields such as ethics for use of laboratory animals in science and animal models in research in journal club format.

Anesthesia & Surgery

(2 Credits)

This course will review the techniques and procedures involving surgery and anesthesia, including preparation and identification of instruments and equipment, routine surgical procedures and handling of instruments and supplies during surgery, anesthesia induction and monitoring, post-surgical care, clean up and surgical record keeping.


(2 Credits)

Students will have hands-on experience on various aspects and techniques and on multiple laboratory animal species during their one week on-campus (40 hours) at the EVMS in Norfolk, Virginia.

Facility Management

(3 Credits)

This course provides technical and non-technical skills necessary for successful laboratory animal facility managers such as understanding facility equipment, personnel management and scheduling, supply procurement, space allocation, animal production management, communication with researchers and senior management, conflict resolution, hiring and firing, critical thinking, problem solving, negotiation, finance/budgeting, and vendor management skills.

Biotechnology & Diagnostic Techniques

(3 Credits)

This course will cover various topics such as molecular analysis and detection systems including ELISA, PCR and real time PCR, basics of cell culture and basics of imaging techniques such as ultrasound, etc.

Graduate Seminar

(2 Credits)

Students will choose one topic of interest which will be presented to the group. Students will review recent publications in their related topics and prepare a presentation, using the recommendations of their mentors.

Laboratory Animal Behavior and Behavioral Management

(1 Credit)

This course will provide students with behavioral biology of species commonly used in laboratories. The course will also cover behavioral management, including enrichment and positive reinforcement training and will introduce students to some behavioral tests utilized to model human behavior. 


(1 Credit)

Cell freezing is now a well-established laboratory activity in both clinical and research facilities. This course is designed to teach technically complex process of cryopreservation by explaining the procedure of cryopreservation (freezing) of cells. 


Attention: The Laboratory Animal Behavior and Behavioral Management and Cryopreservation courses are no longer as elective courses and are now required for all students entering MLAS program as of fall 2016.